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Tue Jul 17th 2018
Tuesday Evening 2* Ride 2*
Leader:
Steve Swanton
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:

Weekly 1.5 hour rides at a riding pace of 18-20km/h (11-13mph). Not likely to be very hilly.

A chance to head north this week to Appleton. At 23 miles, a slightly longer but essentially flat 2* evening ride taken at leisurely pace and with a few stops along the way.
Riders:
Carin Tranter
Clare Hazell
Des Higgs
Jason Hopkins
John Tranter
Karl Blake
Lorna Swanton
Natalie Lower
Paul Bentley
Phillip Folkes
Steve Swanton
Val Smith
Riders = 12

Weather:
sunny intervals
Report:
A lovely sunny but slightly cooler evening for a longer 2* ride. We made steady progress through Denchworth and Lyford and we were approaching Southmoor when Phil realised he had a puncture. Karl stepped in with the magic sealant spray and we were soon on our way again.
Our route took us across the A420 on foot on the footpath between the two ends of Draycott Road and we had a brief delay while everyone negotiated the crossing safely. But we were soon on the Appleton road heading north-eastwards with the breeze and sun behind us.
At Appleton, Phil realised that the puncture fix had failed and so we had slightly longer rest stop while the inner tube was replaced - thanks to Karl for further assistance.
Then the exciting bit of the ride, cyling down to the A420 and crossing on the cyclepath just west of the Tubney Wood roundabout, which then plunges through the Woods emerging in the Ridejust off the A338. We split into groups of 4 for the mile or so ride down the A338 before turning off into Tubney by the golf course. The evening light was just beautiful at this point
From Tubney, we took the tunnel under the A420 through to Fyfield and then it was back over the A420 again towards Charney Bassett. At this point 4 riders decided they needed to get home more quickly and sped ahead, while the rest of us carried on more gently.
By the time we approached Charney, the sun was low and there was a distinct chill in the air and so lights were lit and layers donned. We were back in Grove just before sunset at 9pm.
Thanks to everyone for your company and to Des and Karl tfor sweeping duties.
Distance:
36.85 km (22.90 mi)
 
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Start Locations
WMP
Wantage Market Place
OMH
Old Mill Hall, Grove
Categories
1* - Suitable for irregular, social, beginner or family riders, pace will match the slower riders. Not hilly or long. Expect rides up to 3 hours. Gentle exercise.
2* - Suitable for regular riders who prefer to cover some distance but at a more relaxed pace. Likely to be half-day rides. Solid exercise.
3* - Suitable for experienced riders, may be hilly, long, quick, or any combination! Likely to be half or full-day rides. Challenging exercise.
4* - Suitable for athletic riders who can ride safely above the 3* standard. Quick rides for the fit.
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